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NASA and the nation's leading scientific organizations say we are causing climate change. In addition to the country's top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, leading companies in the oil industry (such as Shell and British Petroleum), physicist Stephen Hawking, and pretty much all credible scientists say pollution is causing the planet to get warmer. In addition, hundreds of other countries on this planet have reached the same conclusions about climate change. Despite the already observable effects of climate change and the overwhelming consensus among credible organizations that say climate change already happening, a shockingly large portion of the population believes climate change is a 'hoax' or a 'liberal conspiracy'. Much of this ignorance is propagated by organizations with ties to fossil fuels, and it is unacceptable that some leaders in Congress are facilitating this spread of misinformation for political reasons.

Representatives for New York in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve climate change. Let's see where your representatives in Congress stand on this issue. You can enter a location to find your representative in the House.

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Senate 2016

Senator Chuck Schumer represents NY with a stance favoring efforts to protect the environment and address climate change. Wendy Long is challenging in 2016 as a Republican. She has indicated that she does not see a need to address climate change. Kirsten Gillibrand is New York's other senator. She also favors efforts on climate change.
House 2016

District 1: Lee Zeldin represents district 1 and is blocking progress in Congress on climate change and clean air. He has bought into false arguments that claim scientists are unclear about the causes of climate change. Anna Throne-Holst is challenging for the seat, and she lists fighting climate change as a priority in her campaign issues.
Anna agrees with 99.9% of scientists and the US Military that climate change and global warming is both reality and a threat. - Anna Throne-Holst campaign
District 2: Peter King has represents district 2 in Long Island by clinging to ignorance on climate change science. He's said climate change was "more a religion than a science" and has said that people need to focus on the positive aspects of climate change. He is blocking progress in Congress on fighting climate change. DuWayne Gregory is challenging for the seat. DuWayne Gregory accepts climate science and supports efforts to stop climate change.
"And, it’s well past time we get rid of the billions of dollars each year that big oil and gas get in special tax breaks from the government. For too long, big oil companies have been gouging Long Island families, while lining their pocketbooks with bonuses and benefits paid for by us, the taxpayers." - DuWayne Gregory
District 3: Steve Israel is retiring the position, and Tom Suozzi is running for this seat with fighting climate change on his agenda. Jack Martins is running as a Republican. He does not list climate change as an issue in his campaign, and we could find no evidence he breaks with his party's stance against the conclusions of climate science.
District 4: Kathleen Rice is the incumbent in New York's district 4. She has the support of conservation groups and backs efforts to combat climate change in Congress. David Gurfein is challenging as a Republican. His website does not include any references to climate change and we could find no indication he breaks with his party's stance against fighting climate change in Congress.
District 5: Gregory Meeks represents district 5 - he has voted to support climate change efforts in Congress, but he does not seem to take a leadership position on the subject. Michael O'Reilly is challenging for the seat as a Republican. We can find no indication that Michael O'Reilly breaks with his party's position against fighting climate change in Congress.
District 6: Grace Meng represents district 6 with a view that favors efforts to combat climate change. Danniel S. Maio is challenging as a Republican. We can find no views stated by Danniel Maio on the subject.
Recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy have highlighted how vulnerable our coastline is to climate change. The only response to this crisis is to proactively reduce carbon emissions and invest in programs that promote energy efficiency. - Grace Meng Website
District 7: Nydia Velazquez represents this heavily Democratic district that includes parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Nydia Velazquez supports efforts to fight climate change in Congress and has the support of conservation groups due to her positive stance on environmental issues. Allan E. Romaguera is challenging as a Republican and would could not find any indication that he breaks with his party on the issue.
District 8: Hakeem Jeffries represents district 8, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, with views favoring efforts to fight climate change. Daniel Cavanaugh is challenging as a Republican and we could find no indication he is breaking with his party's stance against fighting climate change in Congress.
"The earth is round, climate change is real" - Hakeem Jeffries on Twitter
District 9: Yvette D. Clarke represents district 9 in Brooklyn. She's a supporter of efforts on climate change, and is running uncontested in 2016.
"Pollution from power plants, particularly plants that burn coal, has terrible consequences for our health, contributing to asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and resulting in global climate change that has already increased the severity of storms and threatens to displace many people around the world as temperatures increase and the level of the ocean rises. Existing regulations under the Clean Air Act have – despite false claims from fossil fuel producers – dramatically improved the air quality we enjoy and have expanded our economy. Many older American remember a time when smog alerts were a regular occurrence in our cities – a problem with which young Americans are entirely (and fortunately) unfamiliar. Now, we have the opportunity, with the Clean Power Plan developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, to continue that effort to protect the health of Americans, create jobs, and reduce our contributions to global climate change." - Yvette D. Clarke Statement in Support of Clean Power Plan Legislation
District 10: Jerry Nadler represents district 10 with strong support of efforts to battle climate change in Congress. Philip Rosenthal is challenging as a Republican. Philip Rosenthal's campaign website discusses his positions on many issues, but he does not mention climate change, the environment, global warming, or climate science.
District 11: Dan Donovan represents district 11 which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. He has not supported efforts to fight climate change in Congress and offers no official position on climate change. He's blocked efforts in congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being urged and challenged on these positions, his office has stated he opposed measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because these measures would have "increased people's electric bills and weakened our energy grid". Dan Donovan is being challenged in 2016 by Richard Reichard, who accepts the conclusions of climate scientists and favors efforts to fight climate change.
"I believe in the environment and taking care of the environment. I believe in green technology. I believe in promoting green technology and I think that's something that is very important to the growth of our country." - Richard Reichard, Candidate in New York District 11
District 12: Carolyn Maloney represents district 12 in New York City with a view that favors efforts to fight climate change. Carolyn Maloney has challenged Republicans for blocking progress on climate change by pointing out that they are ignoring the long term costs that will be incurred because of its effects. Robert Ardini is challenging as a Republican in 2016. He is offering no statement that he breaks with his party's anti-science positions on the issue.
District 13: Charles Rangel is retiring his position holding this seat. Adriano Espaillat is running as a Democrat who stands with efforts towards energy efficiency and fighting climate change. Robert A. Evans Jr. is challenging as a Republican with no stated position against his party's anti-science positions on the subject.
This weekend in Paris, the world took a step forward together to combat climate change. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions pose a serious risk to our planet, and while we have worked In New York to strengthen our infrastructure, protect our coastlines, and reduce emissions, global action is key to preventing the worst effects of climate change. I want to commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the 195 nations who are party to this monumental agreement. - Adriano Espaillat
District 14: Joe Crowley represents district 14, which includes the eastern Bronx and parts of New York City. He has a view favoring efforts to fight climate change and has called out members of Congress who are clinging to denial positions on the subject. He is being challenged in 2016 by Republican Frank Spotorno, who has issued statements opposing the pollution of developing nations. Frank Spotorno does not, however, have climate change as an issue in his campaign and we have not found evidence he breaks with his party's stance against fighting climate change in Congress.
District 15: Representative Jose Serrano represents this Democratic district in The Bronx. Jose Serrano supports efforts in Congress to fight climate change. He recognizes climate science as real and has backed efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Alejandro Vega is challenging as a Republican. We could find no indication that Alejandro Vega is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on climate change. This district is considered fairly safely Democratic.
District 16: Eliot Engel represents this district and is running unopposed in 2016. He is an active supporter of efforts to fight climate change.
"The science is undeniable and it is time for us to act. Unfortunately we have seen Congress duck this issue time and time again, even going so far as to deny the basic science behind the climate change." - Eliot Engel, Representative for New York District 16
District 17: Nita Lowey represents district 17. She is unopposed in 2016. She is a supporter of efforts in Congress to combat climate change, had backed efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and lists clean energy to mitigate climate change as an issue in her campaign documents.
District 18: Sean Patrick Maloney represents district 18 and he supports efforts to address climate change. He has a favorable rating among conservation groups for supporting legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Phil Oliva is challenging as a Republican in 2016. We have found no indication he breaks with his party's stance against efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His campaign documents make no references to climate change, and the issues in his campaign describe ideals that do not align with government efforts to reduce pollution.
District 19: Republican Chris Gibson represents the Catskills/Hudson Valley region's district 19. In a rare break from Republican attempts to discredit climate change science, Chris Gibson has introduced legislation favoring efforts to combat the problem. He is retiring the seat in 2016, and the challengers are John Faso and Zephyr Teachout. Zephyr Teachout supports efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and has the support of a progressive grassroots campaign. Teachout is on the record advocating for alternative energy and supporting legislation to reduce carbon emissions. John Faso is running for the seat as a Republican. He acknowledges that humans are causing climate change, and says he thinks we should continue to reduce emissions, but we could find no statement or indication that he breaks with his party's position against efforts in Congress to limit carbon emissions.
District 20: Paul Tonko represents district 20 with views favoring alternative energy and reducing carbon emissions. He co-chairs the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, supported Obama's efforts on climate change, and has called for Congress to back further legislation to reduce the pollution that is causing global warming. Francis Vitollo is challenging for this seat as a Republican in 2016. We have found no indication he breaks with his party's stance against efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 21: Elise Stefanik, representative for NY district 1, has joined with the very few Republicans who accept that climate change is real and say they are for protecting the environment. We would be happy to report she supports efforts in Congress to reduce carbon emissions, but she voted against measures the President proposed to regulate the greenhouse gas emission that cause climate change. Her acknowledgement of the climate change problem is a welcome step forward for Republicans, but history shows that dirty air and dirty water cannot be cleaned up without government legislation, which Republicans stand firmly against. Elise Stefanik needs to show that she is different by taking action to reduce carbon emissions before we celebrate her position. This district in the Adirondacks understands the desire to protect the environment and it has its share of problems driven by pollution from the coal-powered power plants. Mike Derrick is challenging for Elise Stefanik's seat in Congress in 2016. He's challenging her poor record when it comes to actual votes and promising he will produce action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress.
"All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up in partisan politics. Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come, as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future,” said Congressman Gibson. “For that reason, I believe the most important first step forward is recognizing that this is also a fundamentally conservative issue, and finding common ground on how to address it." - Elise Stefanik
We won't get a 'second try' if we destroy our environment. Outside interests must never dictate the purity of our air, water, and land." – Mike Derrick
District 22: Richard Hanna is retiring, leaving the seat open for new challengers. Kim Myers is running as a Democrat, indicating she supports efforts to solve climate change. Claudia Tenney is running as a Republican who does NOT support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She criticized Richard Hanna for not voting along party lines to kill part of the Clean Power Plan advanced by Obama.
"Rep. Hanna has voted to advance Obama's job killing agenda by supporting these onerous regulations that will stifle businesses and dramatically drive up the cost of energy." - Claudia Tenney on Hanna's support for clean power
Martin Babinec is also running in this district as a Reform candidate, but we have so far not found a stated position on climate change.
District 23: Tom Reed represents district 23. He has a terrible record on climate change votes in Congress. However, he has also signed on as a Republican acknowledging that climate change is real and proposing progress in the form of innovation. On the record, Tom Reed is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and has blocked efforts in congress to regulate the pollution that is causing climate change. John Plumb is challenging in 2016 for this seat by promising action on climate change.
"As an avid sportsman raised with a love of New York's great outdoors, I am proud to have earned the support of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. Protecting our environment and combatting climate instability is a moral imperative. Those of us in the military know that it is a national security imperative as well." - John Plumb
District 24: John Katko, representative for district 24, has signed on to the Republican bill acknowledging climate change is real. He also says he supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. However, his votes are not consistent with these statements, and he has opposed legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress. Unfortunately, we're still waiting to see John Katko support real progress on climate change in Congress. Colleen Deacon is challenging for this seat in 2016, promising to support real action on climate change in Congress. Colleen Deacon has the support of conservation and environmental groups who favor her over John Katko due to Katko's poor vote record.
District 25: Brian Higgins represents district 25. He supports efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Shelly Shratz is challenging as a Republican without mentioning climate change as a campaign issue. She is promising less government intervention, which generally does not coincide with regulation of pollution, unfortunately.
District 26: Diana Kastenbaum is challenging for the seat promising to take steps to solve climate change. Chris Collins is the incumbent in district 26. He acknowledges that climate change exists, but has blocked action in Congress by voting against efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
President Obama's new climate rules will hit the average American where they can least afford it – the wallet. If this plan is allowed to be become law, there is no doubt many Americans will lose their jobs when power plants are forced to close and the cost of energy will increase from power bills to the price at the pump. In typical fashion, the Obama administration and its out-of-control EPA think the federal government knows best. The American people know otherwise. - Chris Collins, representative for district 26


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